Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm announced Tuesday that starting left tackle Forrest Lamp will miss an “extended period of time” with a leg injury. Lamp sustained the injury during the third quarter of the Hilltoppers’ 31-24 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. No official diagnosis has been announced.
The injury occurred on a play during which Western Kentucky’s quarterback, Mike White, was sacked by Miami’s J.T. Jones (quote via Brohm):
“It wasn’t anything he did. He had his guy blocked and it was the one sack we took. Everybody fell on his back leg and rolled up on him.”
Lamp, a senior, has started all four of his collegiate seasons for the Hilltoppers after redshirting for a year. He was moved to left tackle early in his redshirt freshman campaign, where he’s played ever since. Lamp reportedly declined to enter the 2016 NFL Draft in order to return for his senior season as the Toppers returned all five starters on the offensive line.
He’s enjoyed a decorated career at Western Kentucky. Lamp has already earned All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention in 2014, All-Conference USA Honorable Mention in 2014 and First Team All-Conference USA last season. He did not allow a tackle during his entire junior campaign and was named to several preseason award watch lists prior to this season.
Brohm hasn’t yet said who will start in Lamp’s place, but Darrell Williams Jr., the normal starter at right tackle, filled in for him once he left Saturday’s game. Redshirt junior Jimmie Sims came in to play right tackle.
Western Kentucky (2-1) will host the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday afternoon.